Dayal won $30,000 for a publication titled Locative Art and Urban Space: Mapping an Emerging Field, which will explore Christian Nold’s emotional cartography, Trevor Paglen’s dark geographies, Masaki Fujihata’s Field-Works, the Urban Tapestries Project’s anthropological investigations, and Stefan Schemat’s GPS-enabled aural landscapes. In keeping with the topic, her work will incorporate multimedia content and be made available online and on handheld mobile devices.
"I'm still floored, and I'm still trying to process the news," Dayal reported in her blog The Original Soundtrack.
Geeta Dayal writes on the intersections between visual art, sound, and technology. She has just published a book on Brian Eno, Another Green World (Continuum, 2009). She has written more than 150 articles and reviews for major publications, including Bookforum, The Village Voice, The New York Times, The International Herald-Tribune, Wired, The Wire, Print, and I.D. Her essays appear in several anthologies on music, including Loops (Faber & Faber, 2009), The Pitchfork 500 (Simon & Schuster, 2008), and Marooned (Da Capo, 2007). In addition to two undergraduate degrees from MIT, she holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.
The Warhol Foundation’s Arts Writers Grants Program was founded to promote writing on contemporary arts “in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture.” In other words, as the program's emblematic artwork states: Writers Should be Well Paid (Louise Lawler, 1993/95).